I have wanted a pair of mittens for a good while but always seemed to be needing to knit something else more. So when I finished my last project (which will be featured here when I have finally sewn it up!), I quickly cast on my mittens before I decided something else was more pressing.
I used this pattern, Weldon's A1093 that I already had in my collection. I think it is probably from the early 1950s. I chose this for a few reasons: some lovely cables going on, moss stitch for squishiness and knitted on 2 needles which I thought would be an interesting construction as most gloves and mittens are now knitted on 4 needles.
I made a couple of changes, the first being the type of yarn. It is written for 3-ply yarn and I used a 4-ply extra fine merino in a beautiful petrol/teal colour. I didn't change the needle size as I have relatively large hands and thought that if they came up a little large that wouldn't matter. I didn't do a tension square (naughty), as, well, I was hoping for the best and frankly just wanted to get on with knitting them! But I would recommend it and indeed would do normally when not using the yarn that the pattern specifies.
|A close up of the pattern, showing wrist rib, main pattern cables and|
the moss stitch.
The wrist rib is purl 2, knit 2 and gives a nice snug fit so no draughts get in! Then you knit on in the cable and moss stitch pattern for a while before dividing for the thumb. This involves slipping 2 sections of stitches on to 2 separate stitch holders and continuing knitting on a small section of stitches. I knitted the number of rows the pattern stated and then measured it against my thumb and realised it would be far too big. I would look like some odd long thumbed creature. So I took it back a bit, no measuring, just judged it by eye against my thumb.
|The three sections of stitches, the thumb section is |
in the middle.
|Showing the thumb sewn up.|
Then it is just a matter of continuing in the pattern, decreasing to shape the top and then sewing it up which is pretty quick and simple.
|In close up.|